Ahmadinejad: Western Sanctions Won’t Stop Iran

From Salon

By Nasser Karimi

Iran’s president said Tuesday that Western sanctions could at the most cause a “quick tap on the brakes” in Tehran’s nuclear program but will not slow it down substantially, state TV reported.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying that the “West is not happy with Iran’s progress” in technological fields including uranium enrichment — a possible pathway to nuclear arms.

“You think that by resorting to oil and currency issues, you are able to press the Iranian nation and stop it from its path? You are wrong. Maybe this works like a quick tap on the brakes in driving, but the Iranian nation will find its way quickly and will continue,” said Ahmadinejad.

Iranian leaders have consistently taken a defiant tone toward the series of punitive oil and banking measures enacted by the U.S. and Europe over concerns Tehran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

Iran’s oil production has fallen by about half and the country’s currency has plummeted to less than half its value over the past months.

Iran denies that it is pursuing weapons technology, saying that its program is for peaceful purposes.

“Do you really worry about a nuclear bomb?” Ahmadinejad ask. “No, this is mere pretext. These are sheer lies. You are unhappy because you see Iran is progressing. You want to take revenge on the Iranian nation but you cannot.” He said the West should respect Iran’s nuclear rights.

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